Three marine reserves added to New Zealand

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Three new marine reserves have been added to New Zealands growing list of protected waters.
The new area covers 435,000 hectares of ocean towards Antarctica.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith describes them as among the most pristine sea area in the world and are important breeding sites for albatross and other marine birds.

The islands are also a breeding ground for New Zealand’s rarest whale, the southern right whale.
The reserves are also home to bull kelp – a species larger than any other found in New Zealand, as well as the giant spider crabs and white-footed paua.
The Government is hoping to complete a record number of marine reserves this year.
With these three added it means that there are now 37 marine reserves in New Zealand.
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